Division on Women and Crime of the American Society of Criminology at the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
The Division on Women and Crime (DWC) of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) presented a panel at CSW63 titled “Women, Re-Entry, & Social Protection” on March 21, 2019 from 4:30-6:00pm at the Church Centre for the United Nations Headquarters. This panel was one in a series of six panels. These presentations at the UN’s CSW63 mark a historic moment for both DWC and ASC, as this is the initial participation for both organizations.
Dr. Dawn Beichner, UN Representative World Society of Victimology, Professor, Illinois State University (USA), both moderated and presented at this panel. Maintaining a focus on the lives of women, panelists addressed the social and political realities of female inmates through their presentations.
Ms. Pilar Larroulet, Lecturer, Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile), discussed “Reintegration, Desistance and Recidivism Among Female Inmates in Chile.”
Moving the discussion forward, Dr. Judith Ryder, Associate Professor, St. John’s University (USA), advocated for education by presenting “Students All: A Call for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education for Female Prisoners”.
The next panelist, Dr. Andrea Leverentz Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston (USA), presented on “Fostering Family Relationships & Women’s Employment”.
Ms. Topeka Sam, Founder and Executive Director, Ladies of Hope Ministries, Hope House NYC (USA), focused on a social reality with a presentation titled “How Can We Advocate if We Can’t Eat?”
The final panelist, Dr. Dawn Beichner, UN Representative World Society of Victimology; Professor, Illinois State University (USA), wrapped up this panel by presenting “A Call to Action: Policy and Practice Recommendations for Incarcerated & Returning Women.”
Dr. Sheetal Ranjan, Associate Professor at William Paterson University and Chair of the Division on Women & Crime of the American Society of Criminology, said «when scholars participate with practitioners and policy makers in forums such as the CSW, there is opportunity to bring their research to the forefront in shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women».